Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Finishing off the Animal Sculptures

After painting the animal sculptures the children added detail by collaging squares of fabric on to them.  They chose realistic colours but added a twist by introducing a colour of their own choice. Textures were considered – the oran-gu-tan’s were furry, the elephants had some velvet and the dodo, tissue paper. These sculptures are on display in the school office reception area at the moment. 

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Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Thursday 3rd March 2016

This week we continued making our models of the animals in the story “The Journey Home” by Fran Preston Gannon.  We also continued with our paintings…

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Thursday 11th February 2016

This week we continued with the paintings and building our models.  Can you spot which are going to be the elephant, panda, dodo and the other animals?…

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Thursday 4th February 2016

Today at Artclub the painters quickly got started on drawing the faces of the animals from our chosen story The Journey Home by Fran Preston Gannon.

Meanwhile our sculptors researched their animals of choice from the same story.  They found photographs of the animals in real-life situations and looked at them from different angles to build up their knowledge of what their model needed to look like in three dimensions.  Once they had done this, they set about developing their models they had started last week.

Thursday, 4 February 2016

Thursday 28th January 2016

Today we looked at the animal models and paintings we made for our Tropical World exhibition last year.  Some of us were part of the team who created them and so we were excited to see them again.  For others it was a chance to see what animals could be made with recyclable packaging and paper mache and just how big the paintings are, that we have made before.
We then completed our pictures inspired by the book “The Journey Home” by Fran Preston Gannon and thought whether we would like to make a model or paint a picture as our main piece.

Those of us who chose to make a model of one of the animals in the story selected plastic bottles and boxes and started to build up the form of the animal. Meanwhile, those who had selected to do a painting/collage worked together to choose an image they wanted to recreate.     

Thursday 21st January 2016

At Artclub we read through the book “The Journey Home” by Fran Preston-Gannon and looked at the beautiful illustrations.  The book tells the story of a polar bear who sets off to find a new home as the ice is melting and he meets some friends along the way. The book has a powerful message of conservation and it raised many interesting questions and comments among our group.

We each chose one illustration from the book and used it to make our own coloured picture. 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Thursday 14th January 2016

This is the first week of Artclub this term and welcome to all new members and those who have returned.  This term we will be designing and making artwork that will be displayed at Tropical World, Leeds.

Using photographs taken in Tropical World, we built up mood boards to create a feeling of what it is like.  Most of us have visited there, but some of us have not so this was a great exercise in seeing what it is like and the different habitats it has.